Do you have a pet? About 70 million U.S. households do, and that’s a 35 percent increase from 1988, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. You can combat pet odors and stains in many ways:
Use CRI Seal of Approval cleaning products that are specifically designed for pet stains and odors.
Clean up new messes promptly and then follow the steps for spot and stain removal outlined in the “Removing Spots and Stains”.
Use small hand extractors for a quick cleanup of pet accidents but remember that these quick clean ups don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning.
Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, or more frequently if necessary.
Don’t use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots because the heat will set the stain and the smell. Extracting the spill with a wet-vacuum and rinsing with cool water will reduce the odor. If necessary, call in certified carpet cleaning firms that know how to remove pet stains and odor permanently.
If you do not have a Seal of Approval certified cleaner handy, you can download CRI’s Spot Solver to learn how spots and spills can be cleaned with common household solutions, such as hot water with a little detergent, vinegar or ammonia.
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